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Bob Balaban
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Date of Birth: Aug 16, 1945

Country: USA

Biography: Robert Elmer "Bob" Balaban is an American actor, author and director. One of his earliest appearances in film was in 1969's Midnight Cowboy. Prior to that, he filled the role of "Linus" in the original New York off-Broadway production of "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" in 1967. Among his early roles in the 1970s were those of Orr in Catch-22, and the interpreter David Laughlin in the 1977 Steven Spielberg science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind...(Wikipedia)

Total Titles at Criticker: 61 - You've Seen 0

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Titles You Haven't Rated: Actor (52) | Director (8) | Writer (2)
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An L.A. Minute (2018)
"An L.A. Minute" is a satirical look at fame, success, the star-making machinery and the karma that attaches to all those who worship at the altar of Celebrity. Best-selling author Ted Gold faces a moral dilemma when Velocity, an avant-garde performance artist and the living embodiment of integrity, rocks his 1% world. (imdb)
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Condor (2018)
Condor (2018) - TV Series
A young CIA analyst Joe Turner, whose idealism is tested when he joins the CIA hoping to reform it from within but stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions.
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Wormwood (2017)
Wormwood (2017) - TV Mini-Series
This six-part series explores the limits of our knowledge about the past and the lengths we'll go in our search for the truth. A family story of one man's sixty-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father's mysterious death. A quest which brings him face-to-face with some of the darkest secrets of the United States. (imdb)
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I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)
A young nurse takes care of elderly author who lives in a haunted house. (imdb)
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Mascots (2016)
A look into the world of competitive mascots.
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Eva Hesse (2016)
Documentary feature film focusing on the life and times of Eva Hesse, a ground-breaking artist who was active in New York and Germany in the 1960's. (imdb)
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Everything Is Copy (2015)
A look at the life and work of writer/filmmaker Nora Ephron. (imdb)
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Show Me a Hero (2015)
Show Me a Hero (2015) - TV Mini-Series
Mayor Nick Wasicsko took office in 1987 during Yonkers' worst crisis. When federal courts ordered public housing be built in the white, middle class side of town, it divided the city in a bitter battle fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics. (imdb)
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The Monuments Men (2014)
An unlikely World War II platoon are tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. (imdb)
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Alpha House (2013)
Alpha House (2013) - TV Series
Four Republican senators share the same D.C. house rental, and face re-election battles, looming indictments, and parties -- all with a sense of humor. (imdb)
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Girl Most Likely (2013)
Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening and Matt Dillon headline this hilarious comedy about a washed-up playwright who, after faking her own suicide as a ploy to get her ex-boyfriend's attention, winds up remanded to the custody of her wackily dysfunctional family. (tiff.net)
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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
A pair of lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them. (imdb)
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Thin Ice (2012)
An insurance agent looking for a way out of frigid Wisconsin is blackmailed by an unstable locksmith in the theft of a rare violin that belongs to a retired farmer. (imdb)
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F--K (2010)
F--K (2010) - Short Film
Some people will do anything to find the location. (imdb)
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Georgia O
About noted American painter Georgia O'Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. (en.wikipedia.org)
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Rage (2009)
A young blogger at a New York fashion house shoots behind-the-scenes interviews on his cell-phone. (imdb)
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Recount (2008)
Recount (2008) - TV Movie
A chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the subsequent recounts in Florida. (imdb)
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The Windmill Movie (2008)
Filmmaker Richard P. Rogers tried for twenty years to make a documentary about his own life. He died in 2001, leaving the project unfinished, until his widow, acclaimed photographer Susan Meiselas, commissioned his former student Alexander Olch to make a film out of the pieces. (imdb)
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Dedication (2007)
Dedication is a modern love story in which the misanthropic, emotionally complex author of a hit children's book series is forced to team with a beautiful illustrator after his best friend and creative collaborator passes away. As Henry struggles with letting go of the ghosts of love and life, he discovers that maybe all it takes is a little dedication to find love. (The Weinstein Company)
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No Reservations (2007)
Master chef Kate Armstrong lives her life like she runs her kitchen at a trendy Manhattan eatery with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. Kate's perfectionist nature is put to the test when she "inherits" her nine-year-old niece Zoe, while contending with a brash new sous-chef who joins her staff. High-spirited and freewheeling, Nick Palmer couldn't be more different from Kate, yet the chemistry between them is undeniable... (Warner Bros.)
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Bernard and Doris (2007)
Sympathetic look loosely based on the relationship between tobacco heiress, Doris Duke (1912-1993) - think Duke University - and her shy butler, Bernard Lafferty... (imdb)
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Lady in the Water (2006)
Cleveland Heep, a stuttering apartment superintendent, encounters a girl named Story swimming in the complex's pool. He soon learns that she comes from the Blue World, and has a message for mankind. Will he be able to help her complete her mission?
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For Your Consideration (2006)
Christopher Guest focuses his lens on Hollywood's obsession with awards in this straightforward narrative about the little indie that could and its fragile and frantic mob of actors, crewmembers, media figures, executives and various hangers-on. (Warner Independent Pictures)
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The Exonerated (2005)
Bob Balaban directs an impressive cast in Court TV's powerful drama about six people released after being wrongly convicted and sent to death row. Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy, Delroy Lindo, Aidan Quinn and David Brown Jr. take the stage (which is left bare, to focus attention on the harrowing true stories) as the inmates, relating the horrors they had to ordeal before being set free -- and the challenges they faced afterward.
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Capote (2005)
Truman Capote (Hoffman), during his research for his book In Cold Blood, an account of the murder of a Kansas family, the writer develops a close relationship with Perry Smith, one of the killers. (imdb)
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Trust the Man (2005)
An unflinching yet winsome exploration of modern relationships -- and modern men and women -- in all of their humor, tragedy, imperfection and triumph, this sophisticated comedy follows the romantic escapades of two New York couples. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
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A Mighty Wind (2003)
Mockumentary captures the reunion of 1960s folk trio the Folksmen as they prepare for a show at The Town Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter. (imdb)
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The Tuxedo (2002)
Suddenly thrust into a dangerous world of espionage and paired with a rookie partner (Hewitt) even less experienced than he is, cabbie-turned-chauffer Jimmy (Chan) becomes an unwitting - if impeccably dressed - secret agent. (DreamWorks)
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The Mexican (2001)
Jerry Welbach (Pitt) is a reluctant bagman who has been given two ultimatums: The first is from his mob boss to travel to Mexico and retrieve a priceless antique pistol, known as "The Mexican"...or suffer the consequences. The second is from his girlfriend Samantha (Roberts) to end his association with the mob. Jerry figures alive and in trouble with Samantha is better than the more permanent alternative, so he heads south of the border. (Dreamworks SKG)
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The Majestic (2001)
Set against the backdrop of the 1950's Hollywood blacklist, an ambitious screenwriter loses his job and his identity, only to find new courage and love in the heart of a small town's life.
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Plan B (2001)
After her loser hubby gets bumped off and leaves her with a mountain of gambling debts, meek Fran Maloni (Diane Keaton) finds herself working for a mob kingpin (Paul Sorvino) -- as an assassin. But Fran can't seem to pull the trigger, so she devises an alternative plan: Fake the killings and conceal the mafioso's would-be victims at her brother's home in Florida. Trouble crops up, however, when Fran's boss wants to see the corpses.
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The Making of
This documentary, made for the DVD release of the movie, provides movie fans with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film that, with 'Star Wars', ushered in a new era in Science Fiction. Includes interviews with director Steven Spielberg, star Richard Dreyfuss and other members of the cast and crew, who tell their stories of what it was like to be involved in the film, as well as the enormous effort that went into making Spielberg's vision a reality. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher
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Gosford Park (2001)
Set in the 1930's the story takes place in an old fashioned English country house where a family has invited many of their friends up for a weekend shooting party. The story centers around the McCordle family, particularly the man of the house, William McCordle. Getting on in years William has become benefactor to many of his relatives and friends. As the weekend goes on and secrets are revealed, it seems everyone, above stairs and below, wants a piece of William and his money, but how far will they go to get it...? (imdb)
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Ghost World (2001)
Based on the well-known comic, Ghost World tells the story of neo-cool Enid (Birch) and Rebecca (Johansson) who, faced with high school graduation take a hard look at the world they wryly observe and decide what they really want. (MGM / UA)
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The Monster Hunter (1999)
Residents of an East Texas town react strangely when a serial killer invades their small town world. (imdb)
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Jakob the Liar (1999)
A story about the astonishing things that happen when despair turns to hope among the residents of this small village in Nazi-occupied Poland. (Columbia Tristar)
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Clockwatchers (1997)
Iris can best be described as a wallflower. She begins her first day as a temp for the nondescript Global... (imdb)
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SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground (1997)
The actual experiences of New York City subway riders are dramatized in a collection of 10 intriguing and very different vignettes... (imdb)
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Waiting for Guffman (1996)
A town of Blaine, Missouri is preparing for celebrations of its 150th anniversary. Corky St.Clair, an off-off-off-off-off-Broadway director is putting together an amateur theater show about the town's history, starring a local dentist, a couple of travel agents, a Dairy Queen waitress, and a car repairman. He invites a Broadway theater critic Mr. Guffman to see the opening night of the show.
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The Late Shift (1996)
HBO movie about the behind-the-scenes network politics responsible for the changes in late-night talk-show hosts, after the retirement of Johnny Carson from the Tonight Show on NBC. Jay Leno and David Letterman were both vying for the position, but Leno's tough manager Helen Kushnick got him the spot... (imdb)
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Greedy (1994)
Uncle Joe is ageing. He's also a millionaire. That's why his family is trying so very hard to get into his good books... (imdb)
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The Last Good Time (1994)
A reclusive aging widower struggling with tax problems has a complete change in his views of life as he has a chance encounter with a young woman who moves in with him briefly. (imdb)
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For Love or Money (1993)
Doug is a young man who works all day as a concierge at a luxurious hotel, saving money to make his own business. Unfortunately, when he finds the financial supporter he needs, he discovers that his "saviour" is having an affair with the woman he loves! Now, he must choose between money and love... (imdb)
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My Boyfriend
Missy McCloud is the most beautiful girl in school and Johnny Dingo has been in love with her for years. One night, Johnny is killed trying to win her over, and soon he comes back from the dead, and wins Missy's heart. (imdb)
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Alice (1990)
Alice Tate, mother of two, with a marriage of 16 years, finds herself falling for the handsome sax player... (imdb)
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The Face of Fear (1990)
A killer traps an unarmed police detective and her husband, a former mountaineer with psychic powers, in a Manhattan office building. (imdb)
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Parents (1989)
Michael Laemie (played by Brian Madorsky) is a young boy living in a typical 1950's suburbanite home... (imdb)
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Dead Bang (1989)
A cop is gunned down on Xmas eve. Jerry Beck, the homicide cop given the job of hunting the killer, investigates some leads which bring him into contact with a group of white supremacy extremists. In addition to the racists, Beck also has to contend with an unhelpful FBI agent. (imdb)
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End of the Line (1987)
When the closure of a railway is announced, employees commandeer a locomotive to get to corporate headquarters and confront the president. (imdb)
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2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)
A joint American-Soviet space expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happen to the Discovery. (imdb)
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Absence of Malice (1981)
Revenge is sweet and Michael Colin Gallagher (Paul Newman) get 'em all. He beats them with his brains and their weaknesses. Wilford Brimley gives an Oscar worthy performance in a supporting role. (DuaneNeitzel)
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Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)
Ken Harrison is an artist that makes sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck... (imdb)
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Prince of the City (1981)
New York cop Daniel Ciello is involved in some questionable police practices. He is approached by internal affairs and in exchange for him potentially being let off the hook, he is instructed to begin to expose the inner workings of police corruption. (imdb)
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Altered States (1980)
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically. (imdb)
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Girlfriends (1978)
A movie about women's relationships with their friends and how relationships with men can change their relationships with each other. (imdb)
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
A line worker, after a encounter with UFO's, feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. (imdb)
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Report to the Commissioner (1975)
A young NYPD detective learns (the hard way) about the politics that govern a big-city police department. He kills a lady-detective/colleague whose undercover garb concealed her profession and he gets caught up in a department cover-up. (imdb)
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Marriage: Year One (1971)
A fourth-year medical student marries a millionaire's daughter, but he insists that they live on the little money that he earns. (imdb)
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The Strawberry Statement (1970)
Simon is a student at a college in San Francisco. He is content to be on the rowing team and remain as just a casual observer to the on-campus unrest, demonstrations and protests. However, curiosity gets the best of him and he begins exploring the inner sanctum of the students who have invaded the dean's office. He soon meets Linda and becomes a loyal member of the student revolution to meet girls. (imdb)
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Midnight Cowboy (1969)
A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City. (imdb)
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Me, Natalie (1969)
A young woman struggles for independence. (imdb)
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